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OU football: A closer look at Headington Hall, OU's 'game changer' of a residence hall

OU has opened its new, $75 million residence hall. The state-of-the-art structure, located at the corner of Jenkins and Lindsey, will be fully funded and operated by the OU athletic department.
by Jason Kersey Published: July 28, 2013

NORMAN — Sterling Shepard seriously considered moving off campus for his second year of college.

Then the OU sophomore wide receiver took a look at Headington Hall and decided one more year in student housing might not be so bad.

“It doesn't get much better than this,” Shepard said. “You have everything you could want in this building. You even have a movie theater. What do you not have?”

OU opened its new, $75 million residence hall Sunday, when students began moving in for the fall semester. The state-of-the-art structure, located at the corner of Jenkins Avenue and Lindsey Street, will be fully funded and operated by the OU athletic department.

In accordance with NCAA rules, the general student population will make up 51 percent of Headington Hall residents, while 49 percent will be student-athletes.

“This is the first time we've ever been able to get all our incoming student-athletes under the same roof,” said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione.

Headington Hall features apartment-style, two- and four-bedroom units for its 380 occupants. On the first floor, there is a large dining facility named after 2008 Heisman Trophy winner and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who donated $500,000 for the building, plus a theater, game room, several computer labs and study rooms.

Despite all the impressive amenities, though, Shepard was quick to pronounce the individual restrooms as his favorite component of Headington Hall. He'll room with fellow OU receiver Durron Neal, who was also his roommate last year in Bud Wilkinson Hall.

“That's definitely the best thing,” Shepard said with a laugh. “You get your own space. You don't have to wait on one guy to take a shower. Durron and I did good about it, but now it's just, if we're about to go out, I can get my shower and he can get his.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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